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Annual Teachers’ Night at the Presidio a Huge Success in 2010 – Catered Food and Spoken Word

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Hundreds and hundreds of teachers attended the free 2010 Presidio Teachers’ Night a few days back.

Now teachers, you’re going to want to get in on this catered affair next year. Read all about it below.

There was more poetry and music in 2010 than in past years:

Mark you calenders and see about attending in 2011.

All the deets:

“With education resources growing ever more scarce, Presidio Teachers’ Night, now in its ninth year, provides educators with free resources and opportunities in the park to enhance learning outside the classroom. The Presidio’s 1,491 acres serve as an outdoor classroom to more than 20,000 students and teachers each year.
“This night celebrates the power of teaching to inspire us,” says Lisa Hillstrom, an education specialist for the Trust. “It’s about offering teachers new ways and new ideas to keep their students engaged and keep learning fun.”
This year’s theme, Sparking Creativity: At the Heart of Education, brings a new program—an art room designed especially for teachers that features classroom materials and hands-on demonstrations. The group Youth Speaks will present a series of short spoken words performed by young Bay Area poets, including many who are San Francisco Unified School District alumni. And local artist Nataliya, a graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts, will capture the evening on canvas in a live painting performance.
There is also a stellar line-up of live music including: the Chinyakare Ensemble, featuring traditional music and culture of Zimbabwe; the Latin American woodwind quintet, Quinteto Latino; Chaskinakuy, highlighting Andean music and culture of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; Grupo Falso Baiano, performing instrumental Brazilian choro music; and  SoVoSo, an R&B, blues and pop a capella group.
Approximately 500 teachers and educators attended last year’s event. A similar number is anticipated this year. Fifty Bay Area educational organizations are expected to take part as exhibitors. For more information visit
Teachers’ Night is sponsored by the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
The Presidio Trustwas established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

Sit Lie Law Sequel: Sidewalks are for People Celebration Returns Saturday, April 24th

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Brace yourselves, San Franciscans. Here’s the latest communique from StandAgainst

“On Saturday, April 24, San Franciscans opposing Mayor Newsom’s and Police Chief Gascón’s Sit-Lie ordinance will stage a follow up event to last month’s hugely successful “Sidewalks are for People” citywide celebration of public space and culture. Last month’s event shifted the momentum against the ordinance, creating a media frenzy that reached all the way to London and the BBC World Service.”

All the deets below.

A shrine for the sit/lie ordinance seen recently on Haight Street:

“Since the March event, the SF Planning Commission and the San Francisco Democratic Party have rejected the ordinance recognizing that a number of laws already exist to address problem behaviors on sidewalks and that sidewalks should be open to public gatherings.  This month’s event promises many more colorful and exciting sidewalk celebrations.

All-Day / Citywide Event on Saturday, April 24 in San Francisco

VISUALS: A fabulous drag queen show, musicians, colorful/creative signs, tea parties, and sidewalk sit-ins.
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, throughout the day (See highlighted events for times.)
WHERE: Events planned throughout the city. Here are some highlights. Contact Andy for more info and updates: 415-533-4694.

Drag Show and Lemonade in the Tenderloin: Fabulous and colorful drag queen performances on the sidewalk.  Noon – 2:00.  631 O’Farrell Street. Contact: Joe Kowalke 415-305-7756

Day Laborer Sit-in on Cesar Chavez St.: Day Laborers and allies demonstrating. Silk screening, sidewalk chalk drawings, signs and more. Contact: Joel 415-553-3424

Music in the Castro: Local musicians playing at Harvey Milk Plaza with the audience sitting and lying around. Castro and Market Streets. Noon – 2:00. Contact Tommi Avicolli Mecca 415-522-6031

Poetry Workshop in the Mission: A poetry workshop while sitting and lying on the sidewalk.  2-3:30pm.  Florida Street between 23rd and 24th.  Contact: Tiny 510-435-7500

WHAT: SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEOPLE is a decentralized, citywide celebration of San Francisco’s public space, vibrant culture, and tradition of compassion.  People across the city, will be doing what they love on sidewalks (without obstructing them!): barbecues, chalk drawing, chess, yoga, reading, knitting, jump rope, playing music, painting, tea/coffee parties, sunbathing, meditating, DJing, hanging out, tai chi, dancing, anything they like!

WHY: San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, and Police Chief George Gascón are pushing the Board of Supervisors to pass a law that would make it illegal to sit or lie on the sidewalk anywhere in San Francisco.  We think it’s a violation of basic civil liberties and counter to San Francisco values to criminalize the act of sitting in public space. We think public spaces are safer when people are encouraged to use them to meet with neighbors, friends, family and others.

We believe our sidewalks reflect the diverse, vibrant culture of our city. We believe in freedom of expression, the right to peaceably assemble, and the pursuit of happiness on our sidewalks!

We acknowledge and empathize with legitimate fears or frustrations that people encounter in this city as they share public space with others, but we believe there are better solutions than criminalizing innocent behavior. For starters check out, “A Very Different Approach to the Sit-Lie Law” by Gabriel Haaland.